As an apprentice you will have a job and a wage whilst building up knowledge and skills within the horse care industry. These apprenticeships are a framework of qualifications made up of a Diploma in Work-Based Horse Care, Certificate in the Principles of Horse Care, Functional Skills (English and Maths), Employer Rights and Responsibilities and Personal Learning and Thinking Skills (PLTS).
- Clean and maintain stables
- Plan diets and implement feeding regimes for horses
- Carry out routine care and monitor the health and well-being of horses
- Ride horses on a range of surfaces
- Develop and implement a horse rehabilitation plan
- Assist with care and exercise of the performance horse.
These apprenticeships normally take between 18 and 36 months to complete.
More advanced courses are available at the College for further progression.
Work as a groom in a riding school, competition or livery yard. More senior roles can then be pursued, such as head groom or instructor.
For the Intermediate Apprenticeship, you must have GCSE English and Maths at grade E or 3 or equivalent. For the Advanced Apprenticeship, you must have achieved a Level 2 qualification in Equine and have GCSE English and Maths at grade C or 4 or equivalent. For both levels, you must also pass an initial assessment, secure work as an apprentice and have one satisfactory reference.
BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Horse Care
Lisa has always been around horses and is passionate about helping neglected animals.
Q: What do you like about Riseholme College?
A: Everyone is treated equally and like an adult. I have met so many new people who have become lifelong friends.
Q: What is the best thing about your course?
A: The best thing has been riding a variety of horses and getting more confident with jumping. The yard staff are all very friendly and are always approachable.
Q: What are your hopes for the future?
A: In the future I would like to work with troubled horses that have been neglected and abused.